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JeffV
Posted on Saturday, February 22, 2003 - 02:54 pm:   

Is it out yet? Is it out yet? How does it look? Have you seen it? Tell all.
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RobertW
Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2003 - 06:40 am:   

It's being printed this week.
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Nancy Jane Moore
Posted on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 03:04 pm:   

Cool. Way cool. We're all waiting impatiently.
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jv
Posted on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 06:40 pm:   

Yes, just what is the hold up. *tapping shoe*

jeff V.
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RobertW
Posted on Saturday, March 01, 2003 - 07:16 am:   

Hold on to yer shoe mister, I can't concentrate in here!

Hi Nancy!

Robert
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Forrest
Posted on Wednesday, March 05, 2003 - 06:49 pm:   

Robert - is it out yet?

What about now?

Now?

Forrest
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millie
Posted on Thursday, March 06, 2003 - 11:25 am:   

I can't wait to see you between portable covers!
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Michael Bishop
Posted on Friday, March 07, 2003 - 10:53 am:   

Dear Robert,

Me either. Who's doing, or did, the cover? (If you've already told me, I've forgotten.) Anyway, hope you're well and working.

Yours,

Michael
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RobertW
Posted on Saturday, March 08, 2003 - 07:01 am:   

Hi Michael,

The art is by the same guy who did Paul's Linear City book, and several other PS books. A friend of mine did the type.

Robert
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millie
Posted on Tuesday, April 22, 2003 - 01:06 pm:   

re: book--
i hear it's out somewhere between portable covers!!! can't wait to see it in its full glorificus glory!
--millie
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Luis Rodrigues
Posted on Tuesday, April 22, 2003 - 01:37 pm:   

That's Edward Miller. He also does the British covers for China's books. I never cared much for the stuff he does as Les Edwards (his real name), but he's an awesome landscape artist.

Best,
LuĂ­s
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Jonathan Strahan
Posted on Tuesday, April 22, 2003 - 10:08 pm:   

Just fifteen minutes ago I received a copy of IN SPRINGDALE TOWN, all the way down here in Australia at the very further reaches of the Modern American Empire, and it's swell. Les Edwards has done a lovely job, as he often does. The only pity is that PS can't seem to quite work out how to print things, so the cover is heavily pixellated. Can't wait to read it, though. It sounds way cool.

- Jonathan
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Night Shade Books
Posted on Tuesday, April 22, 2003 - 10:31 pm:   

I've noticed that with PS's covers as well. It's not so much that they're pixelated, it's more that that they are so clear you can see the grain of the canvas. I just got my copies of the Barclay and the Burns titles, and noticed the same thing.

Jason
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Robert
Posted on Wednesday, April 23, 2003 - 05:51 am:   

-it's not fair, your copy goes all the way to Australia and I don't have anything! Probably because I've got too many coming to me and they had to be shipped on an Algerian freighter via Singapore.

Sigh. They'll get here eventually.

Robert
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Michael Bishop
Posted on Wednesday, April 23, 2003 - 10:03 am:   

And when they do . . . <g>

Mike
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Nancy Jane Moore
Posted on Wednesday, April 23, 2003 - 01:21 pm:   

Oh, well, it doesn't matter when it gets to your house, Robert. You've already read it!
Nancy
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JeffV
Posted on Wednesday, April 23, 2003 - 01:34 pm:   

We think he's read it.

JeffV
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Robert
Posted on Wednesday, April 23, 2003 - 05:20 pm:   

I didn't read it, I was just the typesetter.
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JeffV
Posted on Wednesday, April 23, 2003 - 05:52 pm:   

You were the conduit for your muse. Where does your muse live, by the way?

JeffV
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Michael Bishop
Posted on Thursday, April 24, 2003 - 05:34 am:   

His muse lives where it can find purchase,
Between his ears or in the back seat of a Mazda
Next to a box of old paperbacks and a cracked vase
Hosting a tattered hosta. His muse may
Aspire to migrate to Languedoc-Roussillon or Mexico Beach, depending
On the weather in his heart or the condition of his kidneys.
His muse requires central heat and air conditioning, but does not demand
Either a Bentwood rocker or a floral-upholstered hassock for her feet.
His muse is easy, except when having her period,
Or remembering the time he squelched a perfectly good piece of inspiration
With a shot of anise and a bag of greasy tater tots.
At such times you wouldn't care to be her roommate, either, or
Even share a football stadium with her by a distance smaller than that separating
Its endzones. Sometimes the poor guy fears that
His muse will pack up and move. But, holy geez my comrades in art, don't we,
Don't we all?

Ta-ta.
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Nancy Jane Moore
Posted on Thursday, April 24, 2003 - 05:57 am:   

Damn, Michael. That was brilliant AND funny. I'm awestruck. Gonna print it out and carry it around so I can read it again.
Nancy
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RFW
Posted on Thursday, April 24, 2003 - 06:02 am:   

Wow, yeah, me too.

Robert
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JeffV
Posted on Thursday, April 24, 2003 - 09:56 am:   

Echoing that--yes, brilliant!

Jeff
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JeffV
Posted on Thursday, April 24, 2003 - 12:11 pm:   

...not to mention, I now have your book in hand. Looks great!!!!

JeffV
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Michael Bishop
Posted on Friday, April 25, 2003 - 04:59 am:   

I now have your book in hand, he said,
Looks great. Tastes great, too, a bit like
An entire veritable town in spring, uphill and
Down dale, a hint of radish among the oregano,
A garnish of Wexlerian mordancy, with certain unpredictable digestive
Effects that go straight to the head, repositioning
It amid the surrealistic foliage of its transgressive narrative.
Looks great! Tastes great! Sometimes
We arm-wrestle over which affirmation to tout most belligerently,
But at least, by God, we've finally got the book,
And the only dressing that its deceptively coherent mixed salad of words
Either needs or wants
Is not Russian or French or Roquefort or Ranch, but the smooth and creamy high-caloric mercy
Of our undiluted attention. Looks great. And tastes great, too.
So when in hell will our waiters get here with a big second helping? And, by the way,
Who's turn is it to pay?

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Luís Rodrigues
Posted on Friday, April 25, 2003 - 05:10 am:   

I don't know about you, but I'd like another big helping of that! It's brilliant!

Cheers, Luís
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Michael Bishop
Posted on Friday, April 25, 2003 - 10:21 am:   

Of course, "Who's" up there in the last line of that piece of episcopal doggerel,
Just above Mr. Rodrigues's kind posting, should be
"Whose" -- mea culpa,
Mea maxima culpa. I should have known better.
After all, Who's
On first, and Whose is an alternate spelling for the abbreviated form
Of Hoosiers, most of hoom play basketball instead of
The National Pastime. All of which has nothing to do with Robert's new book,
A pastime unto itself.
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RFW
Posted on Friday, April 25, 2003 - 11:48 am:   

Actually, after you read the manuscript I inserted 25 pages of information on Indiana basketball.

Robert
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Nancy Jane Moore
Posted on Friday, April 25, 2003 - 12:07 pm:   

No, no, no, Robert. Don't you remember? When I was proofreading, I noticed all the basketball stuff and told you I thought it was out of place. (I know I was just supposed to proofread, but while you can take the girl off the copy desk, you can't take the editor out of the girl.)
So then you put in all that stuff about the Astros, which fit much better, but probably won't please Michael much even though it's baseball because I'm sure he has more sense than to root for the Astros (everybody does but thee and me).
N.J.
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T.S. Eliot
Posted on Saturday, April 26, 2003 - 07:18 am:   

The Astros
Blows.

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RFW
Posted on Sunday, April 27, 2003 - 02:49 pm:   

First review, which, aside from my name being spelled Wrexler, if quite nice. By Lavie Tidhar on Dusksite.

http://www.dusksite.ukgo.com/articles.php
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RFW
Posted on Sunday, April 27, 2003 - 02:50 pm:   

I meant, "is" quite nice. I wish I could complain about a typo without making one.

Robert
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Neil Williamson
Posted on Monday, April 28, 2003 - 01:24 am:   

That's a good review Mr Wrexler. Nice one!

Of course, I'm still waiting for my copy... but I'm a patient man.
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Michael Bishop
Posted on Monday, April 28, 2003 - 05:24 am:   

It is indeed a nice review. And if you didn't contact them about the misspelling of your surname, Robert, I did. Have a good week.

P.S. It's good to see T. S. Eliot back from the dead. Now if we could just do something about the Astros . . .
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Lavie Tidhar
Posted on Monday, April 28, 2003 - 09:23 am:   

D'oh!
I have to apologise for the typo. Don't know how that happened, but in my defence Pete Crowther didn't pick on it either.

Anyway, it's fixed now.

Peace. :-)
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RFW
Posted on Monday, April 28, 2003 - 04:31 pm:   

Hi Lavie,

Thanks for the review--I'm glad you liked the thing. Yeah, Pete, somewhat chagrinned I think about not noticing the name thing.

Robert
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Nancy Jane Moore
Posted on Tuesday, April 29, 2003 - 01:20 pm:   

Jumping back to what Michael said: I suspect it is easier to resurrect T.S. Eliot from the dead than it is to do anything about the Astros. Though I'm frankly suspicious of whether that was indeed the real Mr. Eliot. His rhyming poetry tends to scan a bit better than that.
And it was a great review, typos notwithstanding. Well-deserved; it's a damn good book.
Nancy
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lucius
Posted on Wednesday, April 30, 2003 - 06:54 am:   

Hey, man, I think you ought change your name to Wrexler. Conveys a nice off-planet tinge. Kinda gets you outa that Yellow-water-where- the-huskies-go Ohio bag. Speaking of which, is it true that when you cross into Ohio, you need to put on 3-D glasses to add depth?

PS...after all these years, SFWA has taken to spelling my name Shepherd. So see, now you'e right up there with Harlan Ellyson and Ribert Silverbuch and Gene Wilfe.
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Wrecks
Posted on Wednesday, April 30, 2003 - 08:28 am:   

"Speaking of which, is it true that when you cross into Ohio, you need to put on 3-D glasses to add depth?"

Not if you're crossing from Kentucky into Cincinnati. Everywhere else, yes. Some places you need 4-D, otherwise the trees look like cornstalks and the road looks like soybeans.
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, May 01, 2003 - 04:54 am:   

Cornstalks...soybeans. Yeah. What colors!
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T.S. Eliot
Posted on Friday, May 02, 2003 - 10:16 am:   

Cornstalks . . . soybeans . . . sorghum . . . and rhubarb,
Not to mention rebarative legumes of an altogether different color,
All of which tumble together in a 3-D sahlaud
When crossing from Kentucky into Cincinnati, home of the Reds and the lost Johnny Fever,
But, forgive me, folks, I'd really like to shepard
This conversation back to "In Springdale Town,"
Where one needs night-vision goggles to plumb the souls of Mr. Wrexler's unGoogleable characters,
And either tea or sympathy
To make it well-provisioned across the Ohio.
And, frankly my dear, you can blow my ho'
If you make even one more another catty remark about the irregular scansion of an earlier example of my rhyming po-
Etry.
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RFW
Posted on Friday, May 02, 2003 - 12:54 pm:   

T.S. is the best thing in spandex since Spinal Tap.

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T.S. Eliot
Posted on Friday, May 02, 2003 - 01:00 pm:   

I've always liked Spinal Tap,
Probably because I stand on my head while listening to the poor buggers,
Which of course makes me perceive in their initials
A Turvy Similarity to my own.

T.S. (Er, P.S.) Get your own spandex, guys.
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RFW
Posted on Thursday, May 08, 2003 - 07:00 am:   

My copies came Tuesday evening while I was cooking supper (and a very fine supper it was of wild morel mushrooms, gathered the previous evening).

Finally, the portable covers are in my hands.

Robert
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millicent
Posted on Thursday, May 08, 2003 - 08:06 am:   

someone i know (well) can attest to the tastiness of said morels (sp?) as well as said book. (and not a "said bookisms" in sight!) indeed, purple and orange have never been so radiant.
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Rick Klaw
Posted on Sunday, May 11, 2003 - 04:18 pm:   

Robert,

Got my copy of your book yesterday. Looks good. Can't wait to dive into it.

Rick
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Nancy Jane Moore
Posted on Wednesday, May 14, 2003 - 05:08 pm:   

Nice little review there by Jeff V. on Locus Online. And, having just read the book myself, I'd say he's dead on.
Nancy
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RFW
Posted on Thursday, May 15, 2003 - 05:40 am:   

Thanks Nancy. Yeah, I thought it was a great review.

Rick: Thanks for letting me know you got the book. Be careful diving.
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John Klima
Posted on Friday, May 16, 2003 - 01:13 pm:   

Just ordered it from PS Publishing. Can't wait to get it. Woo-hoo!

JK
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Deborah Layne
Posted on Saturday, June 07, 2003 - 10:31 am:   

Robert, I read your book last night. Really enjoyed it. I love stuff that gives my sense of reality a hit like that. Nice work.

What're you working on now?

Deborah
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M. Bishop
Posted on Saturday, June 07, 2003 - 01:09 pm:   

I read *In Springdale Town* in manuscript, but carried it with me in its hardcover incarnation on our trip to Arkansas and read it again from front to back -- with great enjoyment and more focus on story, characterization, and idiosyncratic Wexlerian touches than the first time through, and am proud of Peter Crowther for putting this gem in print. And, of course, of Robert for having written it. Immediately after reading Robert's book, I moved on to Terrence Blacker's young-adult novel *The Angel Factory* and from that to Jose Saramago's *The Gospel According to Jesus Christ*. So, Robert, your single-volume novella was in good, albeit eclectic, company. Hope all is well with you.
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Neil Clarke
Posted on Sunday, June 08, 2003 - 11:07 pm:   

Hi Robert,

Just finished reading your book a couple of days ago and pieces of it are still stuck in my head. In this case, that's a good thing. Can't wait to see what you do next.

-Neil
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RFW
Posted on Monday, June 09, 2003 - 06:48 am:   

Hi Neil, I'm sorry about the pieces. They'll come out eventually.

Glad you liked it Deborah. I guess your reality-hit and Neil's pieces are related.

And thanks Michael for reading and and commenting on the earlier version and then being willing to read it again as published. That deserves a special award.

I'm working on another, much longer, novella at the moment. No idea when I'll finish or where it will be published. My next publication will be a story in Polyphony 3, edited by the very Deborah Layne and Mr. Jay Lake.

Robert
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M. Bishop
Posted on Monday, June 09, 2003 - 08:07 am:   

Got a working title for the new novella?
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RFW
Posted on Tuesday, June 10, 2003 - 10:57 am:   

The new one is untitled at the moment. I've been calling it either "The Painting Story" or "Homage to the Fallen Deities of Commerce and other Works of Art." The first one might not be pretentious enough. I'm hoping to figure out a final title someday. And finish it.

Robert
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MLB
Posted on Wednesday, June 11, 2003 - 07:55 am:   

No one has ever accused me of avoiding pretension, so you must take it with a gram of Morton's when I advise you to go with the second and much longer title.
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RFW
Posted on Thursday, June 19, 2003 - 02:42 pm:   

http://www.infinityplus.co.uk/nonfiction/springdale.htm

http://trashotron.com/agony/reviews/2003/wexler-in_springdale_town.htm

A couple of new reviews, in case anyone is wondering what the hell it's about.

Also a review on Tangent, but it's subscribers-only for a few weeks.

Robert
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MLB
Posted on Saturday, June 21, 2003 - 05:51 pm:   

Here's a little from the latter review: "The novella is written in spare, elegant prose and complemented by odd bits of inserted text. These are eventually successful in helping to establish an atmosphere of unreality in a town that is written to seem utterly, prosaically real. Wexler does a notably good job of catching the reader off-guard and slowly shifts the mood from nostalgia to something darker. He also displays a vivid and original imagination in his evocations of the surreal and the unreal. Readers who enjoy the off-kilter fiction of Jonathan Carroll are definitely going to enjoy this novella, and should make a point of finding it. Wexler isn't particularly similar to Carroll in anything other than an ineffable quality of otherness, but that difficult-to-pin-down feeling is somehow easy to identify. Consider it identified: Robert Wexler writes some very accessible yet weird fiction that is definitely worth your time." It's by Rick Kleffel © 2003, and I advise you to check the whole thing out.

Michael
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RFW
Posted on Tuesday, July 01, 2003 - 09:09 am:   

New review:

http://www.eternalnight.co.uk/books/w/wexlerrobertfreeman/inspringdaletown.html

The interesting thing to me is where the guy said that when he started reading the book he didn't think he would like it, but ended up finding it addictive. I'm assuming this means he's someone who normally reads things that are more clearly sf/f/h and not the cross-genre slipstream whatever anyone wants to call it stuff. Which is interesting. I've always thought if my stuff got out where people could find it, some who wouldn't normally seek out such things would end up liking it.

Robert
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Nancy Jane Moore
Posted on Wednesday, July 02, 2003 - 12:11 pm:   

It seems the reviewer found your book incomparable, Robert. At least, he said he couldn't come up with anything to compare it to.
Nancy
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MLB
Posted on Thursday, July 03, 2003 - 05:54 am:   

And there's a new good review at the SF Crow's Nest website:

www.sfcrowsnest.com

It's by one Sue Davies.
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RFW
Posted on Thursday, July 03, 2003 - 07:03 am:   

Hi Michael--thanks! I hadn't seen that that one (or heard of the site). And all I do is sit at the computer waiting for my name to show up in new places.

Robert
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V
Posted on Monday, September 08, 2003 - 06:34 am:   

Congrats on another review:

http://www.mervius.com/book_review.php?bID=110

J
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RFW
Posted on Tuesday, September 09, 2003 - 07:46 am:   

Hey Jeff, thanks for posting that. I hadn't heard of the site.

Robert
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MLB
Posted on Wednesday, September 10, 2003 - 05:19 am:   

Nice review, Robert. Congrats. And it's nice, too, to know that your little book has some legs, I would imagine, that it's still out there getting noticed.

Hope all is well with you.

M.
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rfw
Posted on Saturday, October 25, 2003 - 12:55 pm:   

From Faren Miller in the October Locus:

"There's no need for Lovecraftian monsters or rampaging serial killers to transform Springdale into a seriously creepy place. An old ballad suggests that one death haunts this village, but Wexler deviously, almost casually, creates a sense of wrongness that goes well beyond some past saga of jealousy and murder.”
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MLB
Posted on Monday, October 27, 2003 - 05:13 am:   

Terrific notice. Hope they keep coming long after you stop expecting them.
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Jeffrey Thomas
Posted on Tuesday, November 25, 2003 - 02:17 pm:   

Robert, I *finally* got caught up enough in my reading to read IN SPRINGDALE TOWN, and I loved it - mood-wise, it's as if the House of Leaves was built on a street in Twin Peaks, with creepy identity issues ala Mulholland Drive and Lost Highway, all of it hosted by a dry and subtly smiling Rod Serling. Truly dream-like - BRAVO! Have been seeing great reviews everywhere - congrats on all this, and also for appearing in the just-out THACKERY T. LAMBSHEAD POCKET GUIDE!
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rfw
Posted on Wednesday, November 26, 2003 - 10:01 am:   

Hey Jeffrey--glad you liked it. I'll take that description any day. You should have made your way to New York for the Lambshead reading. It was a lot of fun.

Robert

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